Radioactivity levels abnormally high in France’s Loire river

French nuclear watchdogs warned on Tuesday that they had registered abnormally high radioactivity levels in part of the central River Loire downstream from five atomic reactors.

The unusually high levels of tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen released from nuclear reactors, was found in January 2019 in the waters at Saumur, a city of about 27,000 inhabitants on the Loire between Angers and Nantes.

The isotope, which occurs rarely in nature, was present “nearly systematically in the river and drinking water,” according to the Association for Radioactivity Monitoring in the West (ACRO), an independent nuclear watchdog whose laboratories are based in Normandy.

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Source: RFI